The Slocan Valley Rail Trail is a non-motorized trail that is popular year-round. This Etiquette Page incorporates provincial regulations on the use of Crown Land and recreation trails. Please follow these simple guidelines so that the trail can be enjoyed by everyone.
1. Remain on the Trail – Most of the Rail Trail is bordered by private property. Do not trespass or let your dog trespass on private property.
2. Keep Pets Under Control. Be prepared to leash or hold your dog whenever you meet someone on the Trail. Not everyone is comfortable with dogs! Dogs cannot chase wildlife on Crown Land.
3. Clean Up After Your Pets. Whether you own a dog or a horse, you are responsible for clearing their droppings off the tread surface of the rail trail during all seasons. The right-of-way is generally 25 to 35 m wide so there’s plenty of room to flick the dropping with a stick. Please do not leave plastic poop bags on or beside the Trail.
4. Yield The Trail – Cyclists should give way to walkers and everyone must give way to horses. Never come up behind anyone without announcing your presence. The cycling speed limit on the Trail is 25km.
5. Leave No Trace – This trail belongs to the community. Please recognize it as a community asset and leave no garbage. Help us by picking up any garbage you encounter.
6. Trailhead Kiosks – Every trailhead has an information kiosk with a map of the trail, so you know where you’re going. Please do not affix posters or unauthorized artwork on the kiosks or anywhere on the Trail.
7. Help Us Maintain the Trail – Contact the Trail Stewards should you find debris blocking the trail. It’s not uncommon for a tree to fall after high winds. Phone 1-888-683-SVRT or email us at email@example.com to report problems.
8. Winter Trail Use – The trail is groomed and trackset by volunteers. The trackset if for skiers ONLY. The rest of the trail is for walking, snowshoeing, skate skiing and winter bikes. During the winter months horse riders are asked to refrain from using the Rail Trail. Horse hoof imprints can create havoc when grooming and make the Trail unusable and risky.
Never forget, this recreational corridor is also a wildlife corridor. During the year you may see rabbits, skunks, snakes, raccoons, turtles, deer, elk, moose, bear and cougars as well as a variety of birds frequenting the area. Please use caution and respect for all wildlife.